The Spirit of Christmas

Posted by Jamie Buckland on Saturday, December 18, 2010
Okay, so once Christmas Day 2010 has come and gone, I have several links I'm going to share that helped form our celebration this year.

Why not do it earlier?  Because I want you to do your thing right now, and I want you to love it or not love it, and I don't want to be the source of any stress for you!

This Advent season we have been just busy enough, but not too busy.  Plenty of days curled up reading Narnia, or watching Santa Claus on The Family Channel, or going to see a 3D movie at the theatre, or making gifts for our loved ones, or making gifts for other's loved ones as a way to cover the cost of our celebrating!

I bought ready-made cookie dough and made cookies vs last year making them from scratch almost every single night.  It's been much less stressful, and much more enjoyable for me.  We've spent close to an hour every night
in devotions, what a blessing.

Daily schooling with lightly packed workboxes, along with lessons from daily life.  Just how we like it.  Math by counting money to give to missionaries, and to buy chickens and soccer balls for children overseas.


History by studying St. Nick, and might I add, critical thinking by studying St. Nick, too.  Art by working with the modeling clay found in stockings.  Science by playing in wax of the Advent candles burning.  Language arts by writing a factual story on St. Nick, and Reading Comprehension by reading and answering questions on a
 fictional story about the times of Jesus' birth.

I am full people.  Full of coffee that I'm so thankful I've grown to love.  Full of gratitude for my family, friends, and Savior who put on flesh to dwell with us.  Full of joy for the good music, good stories, good decorations, good gifts, good times, and good feelings that come from this season.

My children are full, too.  I can see it.

And when some ask, "But no Santa with tons of gifts on Christmas morning?  What about their imagination and what about the Spirit of Christmas?  Your poor kids."

I no longer feel defensive, for I know, without a doubt, my God, in all of his wonder and miraculous existence, brings plenty of joy, imagination, and anticipation without having to pollute His true story.

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